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To the Court: Iceland fails to comply with EEA provisions on road transport safety



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Icelandic legislation and practice are not in line with EEA law on checks on the transport of dangerous goods, and on technical roadside inspections of commercial vehicles to check whether they are in a good enough condition to be allowed on the road.

 The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has therefore decided to refer Iceland to the EFTA Court, for failure to correctly implement Directive 95/50/EC on uniform procedures for checks on the transport of dangerous goods by road and Directive 2000/30/EC on the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles.

Checks on the transport of dangerous goods

Directive 95/50/EC governs the checks to be made by national transport authorities to ensure that vehicles used to transport dangerous goods (such as flammable, explosive and toxic substances, which are often used in farming and heavy industry) carry such goods safely by road. The Directive's rules set out the procedures which should be followed when conducting roadside checks, as well as details of what the bodies conducting the checks should be looking for. The current Icelandic regulations do not meet the standards set out in this Directive.

Technical roadside inspections of commercial vehicles

The second EFTA Court referral concerns the failure by Iceland to comply with Directive 2000/30/EC. This Directive requires the EEA States to conduct technical roadside inspections of commercial vehicles (heavy goods vehicles) in order to improve road safety and protect the environment, and to ensure more fully that commercial vehicles comply with the technical requirements regarding periodical roadworthiness tests.

Iceland does not carry out regular technical inspections on the road as required by the Directive, and the obligation to hand out to drivers an inspection report based on a standardised form is not met. Furthermore, in the Icelandic legislation, the list of the items that need to be taken into account during a technical roadside inspection does not contain all the elements that are required under Directive 2000/30/EC.

ESA has raised both of these issues with the Icelandic authorities on several occasions. As Iceland has not taken satisfactory measures to comply fully with the provisions of the respective Directives, both matters will now be brought before the EFTA Court.

For further information, please contact:

 Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187

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